|Cutaneous Salt Toxicity|
|Fatal hypernatremia Na = 196|
Report from Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Amman Jordan
A turkish report (unsourced from a website on Turkish Living):
- Three days old boy admitted with severe hypernatremia, serum sodium 194 mmol/L and intracranial hemorrhage who died.
- Eight days old girl with hypernatremia, serum sodium 164 mmol/L, severe hyperbilirubinemia, serum bilirubin 30 mg/dl, and intracranial bleeding.
- Fourteen days old boy with generalized healing skin lesions, had normal head circumference at birth but developed severe microcephaly subsequently.
- Six days old girl admitted with fever, meningitis and UTI, serum sodium 142 mmol/L.
- Seven days old boy with hyperbilirubinemia, serum bilirubin 21.5 mg/dl, and serum sodium 155 mmol/L.
...from a study conducted in Turkey in 2008 about practices in pregnancy and post partum... Eighty percent of the respondents were literate/primary school graduates, 45% had given birth at home. The most potentially harmful practices among women were swaddling (81%), dressing the baby with a sand-filled nappy ('holluk') (35%), and bathing the baby in salt water (40%). A relationship between traditional postpartum practices and demographic characteristics of women such as age, educational status, age at marriage and birth place was observed P<0 .05.="">0>Sounds like this practice is still common in Turkey. A neonatal team from Jordan did a presentation on this practice at a conference and their slides are online. As part of the research they interviewed 112 women who gave birth at their hospital.
According to Wikipedia this is also a biblical practice. Ezekial 16:4
Newborn babies were rubbed with salt. A reference to this practice is in Ezekiel 16:4: "As for your nativity, on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut, nor were you washed in water to cleanse you; you were not rubbed with salt nor wrapped in swaddling cloths."The significance of rubbing a newborn with salt is to indicate that the child would be raised to have integrity, to always be truthful.What do CAM advocates say about this natural and traditional folk practice?
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